In this blog I hope to give you some guidelines as to why you are in pain and what you can do about it. Hope you like this blog.
Oftenly people get mad when they have some nagging injuries...and I get that, I also get irritated when I am dealing with a joint that’s not feeling well. But the pain itself is not the actual issue over here, we tend to forget that because we feel frustrated that we can’t continue to train how we usually train.
Let’s turn the tables overhere, it wouldn’t be good if you were not able to feel that pain. Why? because pain gives us information that something is off. It’s not that our body is trying to hinder our progress and that it is trying to bully us. No, the body is doing all it can to find ways to keep you completing the tasks. That’s the beauty about the human body, it’s so capable of keeping you away from stagnation through so many different ways but sometimes, people will build their entire way of moving up on those compensatory patterns. In the micro it’s ok to compensate, if you have a good reason to, like being chased down by a alligator...then do whatever the fuck you need to do to stay alive. But if the reason is because you don’t want to lose the workout to your buddy then you might want to reconsider that in my opinion.
So pain is information, it informs you that there is work to be done. Oftenly in Crossfit, if there is no direct cause, it’s probably due to bad movement patterns and/or chronically overreaching in training all the time.
So our relationship with pain needs to change, we need to stop being so negative about it and think more of it as it is our ‘’coach’’, either you listen to your coach and improve or you ignore the advice and deal with the consequences. So oftenly is’t not the body’s fault, but rather your big ego’s fault.
What can you do when you are in pain?
Step number 1: go to a professional that is looking to help you in your daily routines and is looking to help you fix your deficiencies. Don’t go for the physical therapist that just massages you and cracks your back once every few weeks, because he will not fix your issues long term. There is a reason the body got in the situation that it’s in, you can’t expect things to change if you did not do the work to fix it. It’s going to take some time, but in the end it will be worth it.
Step number 2: keep working out as much as possible (if that’s ok with your medical professional), change loading, movements, intensity, volume accordingly. Make sure you don’t fall back on those previous mistakes and make sure to be in absence of any aches.
Step number 3: Record yourself to ensure quality movement and so that you have a viuable idea of how your body is moving, this way you can learn how it feels and compare that to how it looks, this way you get more body awareness and be more alert to future compensatory patterns.
Step number 4: take your time and acknowledge that it is necessary to fix it, eventually it will make you stronger because better technique often leads to more stability which leads to better force transmissions.
Hope this helps.